Climate Change Science and Solutions Specialization

Human-induced climate change is one of the main drivers of the Anthropocene. The physical science of the earth's climate and its sensitivity to pollution is remarkably complex and an area of intense study. The resulting perturbations to the earth system permeate through and impact ecological and human systems.

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    Note that a capstone course used to fulfill the MEM capstone requirement cannot also be used toward fulfilling an MEM Specialization requirement; a capstone course taken once cannot be used to fulfill multiple requirements. Learn more about YSE capstone courses by visiting the MEM Capstone page.

    Program Courses

    Core

    Two required courses.
    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 630
    The Physical Science of Climate Change
      Raymond   Raymond
    ENV 840
    Climate Change Policy and Perspectives
    Klee
    M,W 1:00-2:20
      Klee  

    Elective

    Students must complete four elective courses, one of which must be from the “Practicums and Seminars” bin. The remaining three courses may come from any of the four bins.

    Climate Mitigation

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 568
    Geoengineering in the Context of Climate Overshoot (Fall-1 Aug 28-Oct 11)
    Smith
    Tu 2:30-5:20
      Smith
    Tentative
     
    ENV 594
    Global Carbon Cycle
    Denning
    M,W 9:00-10:20
             
    ENV 610
    Managing Ecosystems for Climate Change Solutions
    Brando
    Tu,Th 1:00-2:20
      Brando  
    ENV 623
    The Role of Methane in Global Climate Disruption: The Search for Solutions
            Malone  
    ENV 635
    Renewable Energy Project Finance
      Gross   Gross
    Tentative
    ENV 636
    Carbon Dioxide Removal
    O’Rourke
    M 2:30-5:20
             
    ENV 646
    Regenerative Agriculture Systems
      Wood Wood
    Tentative
     
    ENV 716
    Renewable Energy
      Oristaglio   Oristaglio
    Tentative
    ENV 730
    Environmental Data Science in R: Introduction to Data Integration and Machine Learning
    Malone
    Tu 2:30-5:20
      Malone  
    ENV 800
    Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
      Gillingham   Faculty
    ENV 814
    Energy Systems Analysis
    Rao
    M,W 9:00-10:20
      Rao  
    ENV 857
    Financing Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries
      Kurukulasuriya Kurukulasuriya
    Tentative
     
    ECON 331
    The Economics of Energy and Climate Change
           
    EPS 274
    Fossil Fuels and Energy Transitions
           
    EPS 725
    Geoengineering and Carbon Capture
           
    ENAS 673
    Air Quality and Energy
           
    GLBL 730
    Managing the Clean Energy Transition: Contemporary Energy and Climate Change Policy Making
           

    Climate Impacts and Adaptation

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 639
    Food Systems and Climate Services
    Hernandez-Aguilera
    Tu,Th 10:30-11:50
             
    ENV 645
    Urbanization, Global Change and Sustainability
    Seto
    Tu 1:00-3:50
      Seto  
    ENV 705
    Global Climate Change: Simple, Serious, and Solvable
    Denning
    M,W 1:00-2:15
             
    ENV 725
    Water, Energy, and Food Interconnections in a Changing Climate
      Saiers   Saiers
    ENV 734
    Biological Oceanography
      Decker        
    ENV 748
    Wildlife Movement and Migration under Global Change Scenarios
    Harris
    Tu 2:30-5:20
             
    ENV 773
    Air Pollution Control (APC)
    Gentner
    Tu,Th 2:30-3:45
      Gentner
    Tentative
     
    ENV 793
    Abrupt Climate Change and Societal Collapse
      Weiss   Weiss
    Tentative
    ENV 817
    Urban, Suburban, and Regional Planning Practice
    Kooris
    W 4:00-6:50
      Kooris
    Tentative
     
    ENV 828
    Risk Assessment & Management: Climate Change
    Wargo
    M,W 1:00-2:20
      Wargo
    Tentative
     
    CDE 547
    Climate Change and Public Health
           
    EPH 571
    Seminar in Climate Change and Health
           
    EPS 140
    Atmosphere, Ocean, and Environmental Change
           

    Climate & Society

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 561
    Energy Justice Seminar
                   
    ENV 621
    The Ministry for the Future: Exploring The Science and Politics of Climate Solutions through Fiction
    Sanford
    W 1:00-3:50
             
    ENV 642
    Environmental Justice/Climate Justice
    Torres
    M,W 10:30-11:50
      Torres
    Tentative
     
    ENV 761
    Negotiating International Agreements: The Case of Climate Change
    Biniaz
    M 1:30-3:20
      Biniaz
    Tentative
     
    ENV 850
    International Organizations and Conferences
    Boyd
    Tu 1:00-3:50
      Boyd
    Tentative
     
    ENV 878
    Climate and Society: Past to Present
    Dove
    Th 1:30-3:20
      Dove
    Tentative
     
    ANTH 791
    Paleoclimate and Human Response
           
    ECON 432
    Economics of Social Catastrophes: Climate Change and Pandemics
           
    HIST 459J (Yale College course)
    Climate Change and the Humanities
           

    Practicums and Seminar Classes

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 632
    Intro to Social Entrepreneurship
      Chahine
    Tentative
      Chahine
    Tentative
    ENV 674
    Forest Ecosystem Health
                   
    ENV 686
    Synthesizing Science for Policy and Practice
    Bradford
    M 9:00-10:20
      Bradford  
    ENV 701
    Seminar on Climate Change Policy and Economics
                   
    ENV 718
    Climate Change Seminar
                   
    ENV 829
    Toward a Net-Zero GHG Future
    Esty
    Tu 4:00-6:50
      Esty
    Tentative
     
    ENV 959
    Clinic in Climate Justice, and Public Health
    Faculty
    Th 1:00-2:50
      Faculty
    Tentative
     
    ENV 960
    Urban Climate Solutions Capstone: New Haven Clinic
      Seto   Seto
    Tentative
    ENV 970
    Environmental Protection Clinic Policy and Advocacy (Follows Law School Calendar)
    Kysar
    Tu 12:10-2:00
    Kysar Kysar
    Tentative
    Kysar
    Tentative
    ENV 979
    Climate Solutions Capstone: Sub-National Actors
              Klee
    ENV 990
    Climate, Animals, Food, and Environment Law & Policy Lab — Pre-Registration Deadline: TBD
            Kysar
    Tentative
    Kysar
    Tentative
    Climate Change Illustration

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